Assemblymember-Elect Rodneyse Bichotte Responds to President Obama's Executive Action of Immigration Reform


President Obama announced plans to broaden the reach of the American Dream to the 5 million undocumented adults and children who live here, attend school here, pay taxes, and for all intents and purposes, are law-abiding members of our community. The President took this action unilaterally: he did not wait for Congress to stall more immigration reform or derail the hopes and dreams of millions as the Republican-led majority has done under President Obama. Instead, he exercised his authority as the Chief Executive to set rules and policies for those federal agencies with authority over immigrants and deportation rules.


I commend the President for taking this bold and necessary step to protect the lifeblood of America: new Americans, people willing to take great risks and a leap of faith to come and make a life for themselves and their families here in the United States. Too often,we have not taken action to help our undocumented neighbors who contribute to our country while being exploited, nor have we fully embraced their talents. Rather, we send them off to countries that will invest and utilize those talents to compete against us. But having to separate a child from their mother is simply unjust and cruel. Have we forgotten that we were strangers too? Tax paying documented immigrants will only strengthen our recovering economy.


We are taking steps to renew our generations-old promise to remain free and open to those who come to our door.


Our New York community thrives on our vibrant mix of immigrants and multi-generational Americans. As the daughter of immigrant parents who experienced the pain of being separated from my own family in Haiti, I stand with President Obama and hope to see more lasting and permanent change from Congress by working hand-in-hand with the President. This is the first, but hopefully not the last, step toward preserving and enhancing our commitment to new Americans.We stand to gain as a community, economically and morally, from President Obama's actions.


In the coming days, more information on the specific mechanisms will become available. We will keep you updated on how the President's plan will take shape so persons affected can benefit from it. Below are a few key points we already know about the executive action by the President:


  •  5 million undocumented adults and children will be positively impacted


The President's order will shield groups of persons from deportation, including:

  • Parents of U.S. citizens
  • Parents of children with Lawful Permanent Resident status (i.e., Greencard Holders)
  • Children brought into the United States illegally but have resided here for at least 5 years, aka, the DREAMers, and who entered before January 1, 2010
  •  Adults shielded from deportation will have the opportunity to apply for a work permit of some length
  • Background checks and other administrative reviews of each applicant will be required but rules will be established to regulate how background checks occur and what evidence will be needed for them
  • The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) will work to reprioritize immigration deportation court hearings for those undocumented persons who arrived most recently


None of these will yet create a permanent path to citizenship. However, President Obama is tapping into his authority to set executive agency rules and regulations to take meaningful action for these 5 million men, women and children.



Assemblymember - Elect Rodneyse Bichotte represents the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn communities of Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. 


As the current Assemblymember- Elect and District Leader, Rodneyse Bichotte has been outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.


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